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Massachusetts Ranked First In Energy Efficiency

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Several New England states have been ranked among the best in the country when it comes to energy efficiency.

Massachusetts tops the annual list of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. It's the fifth year in a row that Massachusetts came out on top.

Vermont was ranked third, Rhode Island fourth, and Connecticut sixth in the rankings released last week.

Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Vermont led the field in utility-sector energy efficiency programs.

The group says Massachusetts kept its top ranking based on a strong commitment to energy efficiency under its Green Communities Act.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says energy efficiency is the most cost effective and accessible way for the state to meet clean energy goals and help ratepayers to manage their energy costs.

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